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An eclectic path through the first night of the Rochester International Jazz Festival

Where are JazzRochester's ears going to be during the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival?

RIJF logoThis blog's readership has a broad set of tastes in jazz and other music, so my approach is to tell you the artists and groups I'm planning on hearing at the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival. There are so many great artists playing this year who I want to hear, but due to scheduling and other issues I have to choose. In years like this one, where there are few artists playing who are on my "bucket list," my ears have a lot of room to roam.  My choices may change for the same reasons. 

The selections below are not listed in any order, but you should be able to catch them all in one night without leaving any venue early (or too early), check your favorite guide to figure out times and places that work with your schedule. Sorry, but I got busy and wasn't able to get this out until 4:00 pm of the first night.  

The jazz festival cannot really be planned in advance (at least mine can't...), but here goes:

Friday, June 21st

  • Leo Richardson Quartet (Christ Church)
  • Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO) (Temple Building Theater)
  • Girls in Airports (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)
  • Sasha Berliner Quartet (Max at Eastman Place)

Saturday, June 22nd

  • Brecker Plays Rovatti (Geva Theatre, Wilson Stage)
  • Celebrating Art Blakey with the SNJO Sextet (Montage Music Hall)
  • Empirical (Christ Church)
  • Gilad Hekselman (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)

Sunday, June 23rd

  • Over The Rhine (Geva Theatre, Wilson Stage)
  • Stefon Harris Blackout (Kilbourn Hall)
  • Scott Robinson Quartet (Max at Eastman Place)
  • Russell Scarbrough Soul Jazz Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

Monday, June 24th

  • Cyro Baptista (Geva Theatre, Wilson Stage)
  • Paa Kow (Montage Music Hall)
  • Enemy (Christ Church)
  • Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Kari Ikonen (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)

Tuesday, June 25th

  • Ozmosys (Temple Building Theater)
  • Mikkel Ploug Trio (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)
  • Trish Clowes My Iris (Christ Church)

Wednesday, June 26th

  • Lionel Loueke & Raul Midón (Kilbourn Hall)
  • Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia (Montage Music Hall) 
  • Kandace Springs (Temple Building Theater)
  • Thomas Backman (Christ Church)

Thursday, June 27th

  • George Coleman Quartet (Kilbourn Hall)
  • Veronica Swift (Montage Music Hall)
  • Elda Trio (Christ Church)
  • DH's Random/Control (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)

Friday, June 28th

  • Jubilation! Celebrating Cannonball Adderley (Kilbourn Hall)
  • Sullivan Fortner Trio (Max at Eastman Place)
  • Itamar Borochov Quartet (Christ Church)
  • Nubya Garcia (Jazz Street Stage)

Saturday, June 29th

  • Kansas Smitty's House Band (Kilbourn Hall)
  • Tuomo Uusitalo Quartet (Lutheran Church of the Reformation)
  • Joey DeFrancesco (Temple Building Theater) or Trombone Shorty with Cha Wa (Midtown Stage)... depending on how I feel at the end

Well,  gotta go and get downtown to begin this nine days of music, friends and street food.  Share your choices and why in the comments, if you like. Watch these pages and the other JazzRochester channels for more....

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